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House Building Held Up By 'Nutrient Neutrality' In West Berkshire

Natural England has issued advice to a further 42 authorities including West Berkshire and Basingstoke which could delay the building of 100,000 homes, according to the Home Builders Federation.  This is because of the need to achieve “Nutrient Neutrality”. Nutrient pollution is an environmental concern, where in freshwater habitats, increased levels of nutrients (especially nitrogen […]

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Rushed Proposals For Ascot Development

A developer has announced plans for major development in Ascot between Station Hill and the Clock House on the High Street.  This could result in as many as 140 homes in this constrained area (particularly with many valuable trees) comprising 100 flats above shops / offices in four storey buildings, with the rest being terraces […]

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Electric Vehicles Develop Stamina

New car sales of electric vehicles continue to increase at a pace.  In the first three months of the year, registrations of battery electric vehicles (BEV) have doubled from 31,779 to 64,165 year-on-year whilst in the same period petrol vehicles are down from 209,212 to 177,769 (by 15%) and diesel by a half from 48,574 […]

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Affordable Housing Hope For New Money

The Government is considering changes to how “affordable” homes will be funded. These are homes sold through financial arrangements such as shared ownership schemes or offered for sale or rent at below the market rate.Plans being drawn up would result in developers paying a levy and councils then being given the power about where and […]

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Permission refused for unsustainable development

This is an important decision by Bracknell Forest Borough on the grounds that it is unsustainable development in a backland area with no easy access to public transport and amenities. https://www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/19764818.inappropriate-backland-homes-plan-near-ascot-refused/

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Beauty or the Beast?

Beauty or the Beast? Proposed reforms to the planning system were unveiled in the white paper last year and resulted in an outcry here in the home counties, with Theresa May saying it would result in the wrong houses being built in the wrong places.  The electorate in Chesham and Amersham seemed to agree.  It […]

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Permission Granted for Filmset in Swinley

Bracknell Forest councillors voted overwhelmingly to approve the application for a filmset in Swinley Forest at the end of Buttersteep Rise. This was despite Windsor and Maidenhead council rejecting a similar proposal on a similar...

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SPAE AGM 2021

We are very conscious that we did not manage to hold an Annual General Meeting in 2020 because of Covid restrictions.

We have delayed a decision regarding a date for the next AGM because we want to have a high degree of confidence that this can be held IN PERSON, partly because we have some significant business to transact (including the review of membership fees) and also because we know that many members enjoy the opportunity to meet up with old friends and we want them to be comfortable to do so.

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Backlog of 1.1 Million Homes

There are well over 1 million homes with planning permission waiting to be built, according to analysis just published by the Local Government Association.

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Taller Masts on the Way

This means that telecommunication companies will not need planning permission for increases in height up to a maximum of 25 metres.

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